Epping Forest Conservation Volunteers

Celebrating 40 years of conservation work in Epping Forest.


Long Running

On 13 and 18 Feb 2018 we removed small birch that was encroaching across the heathland. Tall silver birch saplings and clumps of holly were removed from the northern edge of Long Running heath bordering the Thames Valley Bog. This is an important reptile habitat where sufficient light needs to penetrate to ground level to maintain grass growth. We kept away from large piles of dead bracken and dormant heather which are likely hibernation sites. The northern edge of Long Running heath bordering the Thames Valley bog is now clear of all scrub growth and a habitat hedge has been created with the felled birch saplings, running the length of the boundary with the holly thicket at the edge of the heathland. Photos by Peter Smith

Swaines Green

On 7 Jan 2018 we made another visit to Swains Green, working in Middle Lincoln Field to remove scrub regrowth and continue habitat management. It started with a briefing from Brian and then we spread out to work on scrub clearance at the western side of the site. We needed two bonfires and hence the pictures of "smoked conservationists". Photos by Peter Smith

Furze Ground

It takes more than a little snow to stop the EFCV volunteers. On 12 Dec 2017 they were at work at Furze Ground, which is a hugely important lowland heath and reptile-sensitive site, brush cutting bramble, raking off the arisings and removing some birch. Photos by Peter Smith

Long Running

Some before and after pictures from the task on Sundays 19 and 26 November 2017. Historically this is an area of relatively open wood/pasture but some of it has been filled in with dense silver birch and beech saplings. Our task was to remove all but the largest silver birch trees, and thin out the beech saplings leaving healthier young beeches every 3-4 feet from each other. Photos by Peter Smith

Lordís Bushes

Some before and after pictures from the task on Sunday 27th August which was continuing the work from earlier this year to thin and remove trees and scrub as part of the High Level Stewardship wood pasture restoration plan. Photos by Peter Smith

Thames Valley Bog

Some before and after pictures from the task on Sunday 6th August. Following our previous visit in July 2016, this was our second bracken pulling at this environmentally important area. Photos by Peter Smith

Lodge Road Bog

We visited Lodge Road Bog again on 30 July 2017 and, as requested by Ken Adams from the Essex Botanical Society, We removed as much Typha as possible. Photos by Peter Smith

Furze Ground

The objective here on 11 July was bracken pulling around heather at the top of the site and removal of birch saplings to create reptile refugia habitat. Although we got very wet just before and after lunch, we managed to clear a large area as shown in these photos. Photos by Spencer Cleminson

Lodge Road Bog

On Tuesday 20 June we were pulling bracken and birch saplings from the bog and removing it from periphery. A fallen birch also needed removal and we cut back some overhanging branches. Photos by Joy Park

The EFCV's 40th Aniversary Task

At Lord's Bushes on 19 March 2017, the task involved thinning sapling trees and clearing scrub as part of the wood-pasture restoration plan. Of course such an occasion also called for cake. . .Photos by Peter Smith

Chingford Plain

Removing scrub, mainly oak and hawthorn from Chingford Plain on 26 Feb 2017. This work was being done as part of the higher level stewardship successional scrub management plan. Photos by Peter Smith